I run, I craft, I write, and I make your favorite clothes.

I have written books about sewing for children and adults and I'm the indie designer’s patternmaking secret weapon. I've taught video and in-person classes to anyone who would listen since 2008. I believe that sewing clothes is a radical act of self-love that increases your sense of self-worth. I'm basically your sewing fairy godmother.

Lots of reading, not so much writing

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It has been a BUSY busy Month.

First, there was the whole recover-from-vacation-week, then a distracting and terrifying breast cancer scare (I’m all fine so far, with a little titanium interior-mammogram-visible “jewelry” to mark the chunk they removed to check on next year).

Naturally, I had to make myself a dress for the Auto Show event (TWO days before the event, this year, not the night before as for past events).

Check out those necklaces

My friend Janna (on the left) made my necklace (I bought it the second I saw it listed on etsy), she made her own necklace from antique Typewriter parts, and the necklace on the lady in this story from Engine Parts.

I assisted at a couple photo shoots for the magazine in Ferndale.  Now, I say I “assisted,” but I was really there to fix buttons, provide moral support, pick out some dresses, and lend kids money for coffee shop treats.  I didn’t actually do anything.

I learned to make an amazing body scrub at the small craft skillshare event, and I’ve been using it ever since.  There’s another coming up in February at the TrumbullPlex in Detroit where they’ll be making Valentine’s Day cards – what could be sweeter?  I’m going to try to make it over there.

I have been reading a lot about my newest obsessions, knitting and crochet. Annie is hosting a Crochet 101 series, so grab your hook and get going!  The Handmade Companion has a super-fun crochet project (an inspiration for my distraction from learning to knit – in addition to Rae’s post here).

I did write some (though -obviously- not here), including an article for the upcoming Handmade Companion Winter/Valentine’s Day issue which will show you a simple way to Springify your house while it’s still Winter out there.

I hope you’ve been learning to sew with knit fabrics on Rae’s KNITerview series.  (Click the link in the sidebar to catch up, if you haven’t).  I wrote a little piece for the series which will be posted soon.

I have even dusted off my PowerPoint guru turban this month and made some super-fancy presentations to earn some money.  I feel a little like I’m selling out, but a little like I’m really incredibly excellent at creating presentations for speaking events, so it’s a toss-up whether or not I’ll continue.  I’d rather be crafting.

Mostly, I’ve been reading, and finding myself in awe of the amazing modifications crafters are making to the Raw-edged Raglan in Sewing for Boys for the Year Long Sew-Along. (yes, there are prizes, so go enter February’s Sew-Along!)

I’d like to promise that I’ll write more often here on the blog, but I have a big, big, project I’m working on a project – so much fun – I promise only that you’ll be happy to see it when I return!  There are going to be some changes aroung the site here, and I hope you’ll stick around!

Tell me, what has your January looked like?

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  • Icicle January 30, 2012, 1:31 pm

    You are incredibly excellent all around (glad you’re okay!)

    • Karen January 30, 2012, 1:35 pm

      So are you!  I thought you’d be proud of my knitting, since I’ve been wearing the hat you made for Ella, but I’d better post some photos before I forget… and keep giving things away!

  • Morgan February 1, 2012, 4:56 pm

    You are awesome!!!  I am proud of you, Karen!

    • Karen February 1, 2012, 8:07 pm

      Awww, thanks,Morgan!

  • Aisle 3 February 1, 2012, 6:18 pm

    I wish I had more time to read, blah.  Like you, I’m busy Busy BUSY!  But with all good things :)  Looking forward to your article in the magazine.  Keep on truckin.  Talk soon,

    • Karen February 1, 2012, 8:06 pm

      Can’t wait to see you tomorrow!

  • Bethany February 1, 2012, 11:46 pm

    Glad you are ok, yay! I LOVE my body scrub from the Small Craft workshop too – holy cow, my skin is so soft now! Can’t wait to see the mag when it is out, and join in on the sew along at some point this year!


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